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This website provides information and resources on FPIC as a tool of self-determination to assist communities in decision making. We have selected articles, tool kits, videos, voice messages, and community stories about FPIC and consultation.

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This document reviews some of the dimensions that guide the decision-making processes of Aboriginal governments with respect to resource extraction development. Important decision-making processes such as Impact-Benefit Agreements (IBA), Environmental Assessments (EA), Socio-Economic Assessments, and Devolution are explained so as to support Indigenous communities engaged in negotiations with extractive industries.

Resource Extraction and Aboriginal Communities in Northern Canada: Social Considerations
Manual

This document reviews some of the potential issues and concerns that may arise with respect to the social dimensions of resource extraction, so as to alert Indigenous communities of the potential positive and negative impacts on their communities. The impacts of development on education and employment, housing, access to community and health services, and justice are considered.

This document reviews some of the potential issues and concerns that may arise with respect to the cultural dimensions of resource extraction, so as to warn Indigenous communities of potential negative impacts on their cultures. The impacts of development on traditional knowledge and cultural continuity, access to land and natural resources, and diet and nutrition are considered.

Indigenous Peoples' Land and Resource Rights
Report

This report from the National Centre for First Nations Governance, discusses Indigenous rights to lands and resources in Canada over the last 50 years. They use a series of case studies related to resource extraction projects that have been developed on the traditional territory of Indigenous communities, to analyze the rights they are able to exercise. The analysis is used to determine the degree of Indigenous governance in this resource development projects.

The Crown’s Constitutional Duty to Consult and Accommodate Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
Report

In this report from the National Centre for First Nations Governance, Morellato discusses the importance of the Government’s duty to consult Aboriginal people with respect to their traditional lands, resources, and governance. She argues that the decisions made by the Crown can either facilitate Indigenous governance and self-determination or can extend injustice, marginalization and poverty. Important cases in Canadian law are examined followed by recommendations for consultation and reconciliation.

The Politics of Indigenous Participation Through " Free Prior Informed Consent": Reflections from the Bolivian Case
Scientific Paper

2015 - English - Advanced

The Politics of Indigenous Participation Thr...

Jean Grugel, Lorenza Fontana


This article explores the challenges of ethnic-based participation and its potential for creating inclusive and effective forms of decision-making for marginalized social groups. Empirically, it examines a recent attempt to establish more participative forms of resource and development governance for indigenous communities in Bolivia through Free Prior and Informed Consent.

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